Nordic Study Circle Member Sings at the Vatican
One of the Nordic Study Circle's members, Eunice Robeck, recently had the honor of singing in a choir invited by the Pope to perform at the Basilica di Santa Maria in Rome. At the request of the Vatican, the Pacific Northwest choir performed Andrew T. Miller's cantata, "The Birth of Christ", during the Festival di Pasqua in Italy before an audience of over 3000 people. The program included narrators Michael York and Louis Gossett, Jr. The choir, rising vocal stars, and narrators, supported by the Italian orchestra, often brought the audience to its feet in standing ovations.
Nicholas Delin Exhibit
Presently on display at Pacific Lutheran University's Scandinavian Cultural Center in Tacoma is the updated 1996 Swedish Immigration Sesquicentennial exhibit, In the Footsteps of Nicholas Delin: The Swedish Presence in Tacoma and Pierce County, Washington. A photo-historic exhibit spanning a century and a half of Swedish and Finland-Swedish culture in Tacoma and its environs, the exhibit begins with Tacoma's first settler, Swedish-born Nicholas (Nils) Delin in the 1850s and runs through the period of the Great European Migration (c.1840-1930) when large numbers of Swedes, Finland-Swedes, along with Finns, Norwegians and Danes, settled in Pierce County and created their own Scandinavian-American community. The exhibit culminates with photos of Swedish-Americans and American-Swedes who reside in Pierce County today and who work to diligently to carry on their Swedish immigrant heritage. (The exhibit was recently donated to PLU's Scandinavian Cultural Center by its curator, Brian B. Magnusson, Ph.D.) Professor Magnusson will give a lecture on April 5 at 6 PM.